Sunday, January 31, 2016

Book Review : Ramayana The Game of Life – Stolen Hope (Shubha Vilas)

About the Book
In the evil labyrinths of Dandakaranya forest, human values are put to test. Rama’s righteousness, Lakshmana’s loyalty and Sita’s endurance reflect our own sense of values and judgment in difficult times. The story unfolds the facets of human life – the conflict and trickery, the praise, the slander and above all, the hope and the despair in the eventful forest life of exiled royals.
Stolen Hope is about extreme deception and extreme love. It is about arrogant power and deep devotion. With every twist and turn, Rama, Sita and Lakshmana find themselves robbed of whatever and whoever they valued the most.
Exploring the dynamics of human relations – between father and son, husband and wife, teacher and disciple – and the complex game of power and greed, Stolen Hope mirrors our own dilemmas in the modern world and teaches us how we must overcome them.Seek courage when everything, including hope, is stolen.

What I think about the book ! 
Did you know why the custard apple is called as Sitaphal or why don’t squirrels get hurt when they fall from heights or why the snakes have a forked tongue… Well! I know now… All this and much more wisdom in the third book of the Ramayana The Game of Life…
Aptly titled as the Stolen Hope, it takes you on a mystical journey with Ram, Sita and Laxman and stops at a point where you are craving to read more - a point where Ram's hope, his wife is stolen from him and he starts his journey to find her.

I haven’t read the first two parts and let me tell you, it’s a big miss. As the author writes –
If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, it doesn’t matter. When you bite into a cake, it hardly matters where you begin.
But believe me when I say this, you’d really want to read the whole series, now that you have read this one.

The book describes how being in exile shapes the lives of Ram, Sita and Laxmana. The descriptions are beautiful. You get a peek into the lives of sages and demons together. There are short stories about different people stitched together. Not just is the writing good, what also adds to it are the explanations or the hidden meanings which you can actually apply in real life. Initially, I found the tag-lines and references a hindrance to the fast reading I do, but a page or two later, I was looking forward to read them.. to read between the lines.
What also needs a mention is the deer in the footer of the book.. On the last page of the book the deer is shown with a struck arrow portraying Maricha…

I am happy to get this autographed book.. and beyond doubt I am reading the first two books and getting the other as soon as they are published… A must read guys! 

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The borrowed tag!

Borrowing the borrowed tag from Princess Butter!!
Thanks to all the blogs, I wake up from my coma every now and then to write!
Without much ado -
What are you wearing?
Black pants with the perfect white wash, white sweater and white sneakers and my favorite pair of gold studs which Daddy dear got me when I was born!
How tall are you?
Am not tall, am just 5'4''
How much do you weigh?
A lot !! Is that enough ..120 lb, 60 kgs... desperately wanting to weigh less :(
Any tattoos?
Nope! The hubby doesn't allow me to get one... :( If only!
Any piercings?
1 piercing on each ear.
Favourite show?
Changes every now and then. Not much of a TV person... But I enjoy Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, Impractical Jokers and any other show which talks about food !!
Something you miss?
I miss the slim trim me!! The fat isn't just helping!
Favourite song?
Currently it is Yahin hoon mai by Ayushmann Khurana! Changes every now and then!
Zodiac sign?
Quality you look for in a partner?
Love, respect, some one who can make a good cuppa coffee!!
Someone who loves me inspite of all my weirdness..
Favourite actor?
Currently it is Deepika Padukone and Farhan Akhtar!! Changes each time I see a movie or a show :)
Favourite colour?
Blue and white!
Loud music or soft?
Depends on my mood... but if I do have to choose then, something with beats, I can feel and lyrics, I can understand!
Where do you go when you’re sad?
To one of my cozy corners - my bed or my bean bag with a book and a cuppa coffee/ hot chocolate
How long does it take you to shower?
If I am late for work then 5 minutes,else 15 minutes and if washing hair then 25-30 minutes... If I forget about the global warming and saving water and have an awesome shower gel... till some one shouts out for me to come out of the bath!
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
 Around an hour.. to wake up, to wake up the others! Pack lunch boxes, tidy up the house, get ready and run to the bus stop.
Ever been in a physical fight?
Yes! But don't wanna go back and remind myself that it ever happened!
Turn on?
A good perfume, some one who can eat and appreciate food - the way I do, some one who can talk about books!!
Turn off?
Smoking , B.O.!
I fear going to the hospital, fear losing people I love... 
Last thing that made you cry?
Last time you said you loved someone?
Last book you read?
Gray! A pending read after the Fifty Shades trilogy! 
The book you’re currently reading?
The lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Last person you talked to?
The cousin, N! We discussed about the upcoming wedding in the family!
The relationship between you and the person you last texted?
Sibling, I texted my brother..
Place you want to visit?
Too many.. But to begin with Bali, Seychelles, Paris.... and the list goes on and on!
Do you have a crush?
Well! Too many pretty faces and hot bods!! John Abraham, Arjun Rampal, Ashton Kutcher...
Favourite piece of jewellery?
Still finding that one piece... Amongst the ones I already have, gotta be my Kenneth and Cole rose gold watch!
Last song you sang?
Takes a bow!!

Moments to cherish!

 When Veer was really little and wanted to nap he would climb in my lap and hold onto my neck. In a sitting position and holding me tight, h...